OPP Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment warn of scams
Email scam offering vaccination certificate: The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of an email scam that has recently surfaced in the area. Those targeted have received an unsolicited email claiming to be from the Government of Canada offering a proof of vaccination certificate. The message tells the recipient they are required to click on a link to accept or decline the offer. In fact, this is a phishing email scam in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Phishing messages will ask you to click on a link for various reasons. The goal is to steal your personal and/or financial information, which can be used for identity fraud. Don’t click the link and don’t provide any person information!
Warning signs and how to protect yourself:
- Beware of unsolicited text messages and emails from individuals or organizations asking you to click a link or attachment
- Watch for spelling mistakes in unsolicited messages
- Verify the hyperlink behind the link’s text button or by hovering over the text with your mouse.
- Do not click on links or attachments in unsolicited messages; they can contain viruses or spyware
Prize scam: The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of a lottery and prize scam that has recently surfaced in the area. Those targeted have been contacted by phone and advised they have won money and prizes in a contest. The scammers have also stated they have partnered with local elected officials to distribute the winnings. With such scams the intended victim is often asked to pay fees to cover such things as taxes, legal fees and delivery costs in order to collect the winnings.
The OPP would like to remind everyone that legitimate lotteries do not require you to pay a fee or tax to collect your winnings. Also, many lotteries and prize scams want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information to claim your prize. In fact, the criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money.
If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-496-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca
Peever,S.,OPP Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment(2022,Jan.26) OPP WARNS OF EMAIL SCAM SURFACING IN AREA, (2022,Jan.24) OPP WARNS OF PRIZE SCAM SURFACING IN AREA [media releases]
OPP Renfrew Detachment
Man charged with Attempt Murder: The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested an individual after the death of a 32-year-old woman in Arnprior.
On January 4, 2022 at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers with Renfrew OPP responded, with County of Renfrew Paramedics, to a residence in Arnprior.
A 32 year-old female was transported to hospital via air ambulance with life-threatening injuries. The victim succumbed to those injuries on January 20, 2022. A post mortem examination is being scheduled for January 24, 2022.
A 32 year-old male from McNab/Braeside Township was arrested shortly after the incident and remains in custody. He was charged at that time with Attempting to Commit Murder, contrary to Section 239(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. The investigation by the Renfrew OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch, is continuing.
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on February 7, 2022 via video link. The name of the accused and the name of the victim are not being released at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Renfrew OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County at 613-735-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. You can also visit their site at valleytips.ca
Sarault,Sgt.H.,OPP Media Relations(2022,Jan.21) MALE ARRESTED IN DEATH Currently In Custody on Attempted Murder Charge [media release]
OPP Bancroft Detachment
Theft of firearms (Hastings Highlands): On January 20, 2022 officers from the Bancroft Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received the report of a break and enter at a residence on Highway 62 in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands. Investigation revealed that sometime between 3:00 p.m. on January 19 and 2:00 p.m. on January 20, a residence was forcibly entered. Firearms have been reported stolen from the residence.
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this break, enter and theft should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Cox,S.,OPP Bancroft Detachment(2022,Jan.24) OPP INVESTIGATE THEFT OF FIREARMS [media release]